​20 People Reportedly Cancelled Virgin Galactic Trips After Crash

Around 20 people who coughed up $250,000 for one of the first tickets aboard Virgin Galactic's first flight have cancelled their reservations after last week's deadly crash that claimed the life of co-pilot Michael Alsbury and seriously injured pilot Peter Siebold. » 11/06/14 2:58pm 11/06/14 2:58pm

Did Pilot Error Cause SpaceShip Two Crash?

National Transportation Safety Board chairman Christopher Hart told reporters on Sunday that the tail of SpaceShip Two lifted prematurely, after the pilot changed the aerodynamic controls of the aircraft. This introduced pilot error into the realm of possibility for the cause of the incident. » 11/03/14 8:30am 11/03/14 8:30am

Rocket Scientists Say Virgin Galactic Put Safety In The Back Seat

After Friday's tragic mid-air explosion and crash of Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two, rocket industry experts have come forward, saying the company was warned of dangers in using nitrous oxide fuel in its rockets. One expert even said she was "shocked, but not surprised" that the crash occurred. » 11/02/14 2:40pm 11/02/14 2:40pm

Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two Crashed During Test Flight, Killing One

Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two, which was undergoing testing to be the first commercial tourism spacecraft, has crashed into the Mojave desert. One of its two pilots has died. » 10/31/14 2:20pm 10/31/14 2:20pm

What It's Like To Fly Virgin Galactic To Space, And What That Means

Before you experience weightlessness on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, you'll be hanging on the belly of VirginMothershipEve then dropped and fired off like a missile. Here's what the ride will be like for those who can afford the $250,000 ticket, and what they mean by "space." » 10/06/14 12:32pm 10/06/14 12:32pm

Flying Virgin Galactic Might Not Make You An Astronaut

So, you wanna be an astronaut? Virgin Galactic says they can help you accomplish that for $250,000, and boasts they have over 800 space tourists lined up to go to space. However, the qualification for claiming you actually went to space is under debate. » 5/13/14 9:51am 5/13/14 9:51am

Land Rover Wants To Help Richard Branson Send People To Space

That Virgin Galactic spaceship isn't just parked next to the new Land Rover Discovery Concept on the deck of the Intrepid for a sweet photo op, it's a tie-in for Richard Branson's announcement that Land Rover will be the first corporate parnter to his his space-fairing venture. » 4/14/14 8:25pm 4/14/14 8:25pm

Beautiful footage of SpaceShipTwo's latest supersonic test flight

Virgin Galactic's space plane, SpaceShipTwo, finished its third rocket-powered test flight yesterday, breaking the sound barrier and reaching an altitude of 71,000 feet – the loftiest in a spate of recent test-runs. Here for your enjoyment is a highlight reel of yesterday's flight. » 1/11/14 1:00pm 1/11/14 1:00pm

Watch a Virgin Galactic Test Flight from Onboard the Engine

This is what a Virgin Galactic supersonic flight with the SpaceShipTwo looks like, up close and personal. It's not quite space, but it's still damn gorgeous to watch. » 9/06/13 9:58am 9/06/13 9:58am

Virgin Galactic posts help wanted for astronauts

With NASA mothballing shuttles, and the Soviets auctioning seats on Soyuz capsules for millions of rubles, how are spunky American pilots supposed to prove they have the right stuff? By answering a want ad for astronauts from Richard Branson. » 4/11/11 2:00pm 4/11/11 2:00pm

Richard Branson's Spaceport Is Actually Being Built

Later today, flamboyant British multi-millionaire Richard Branson will commemorate the completion of the main runway of Spaceport America, near the town of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where the Virgin Galactic project is based. Here's a look before Branson's big bash. » 10/22/10 8:30am 10/22/10 8:30am

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Completes Inaugural Captive Flight

The dream of privately-operated, civilian-accessible space flight took another step toward reality today when Virgin Galactic-backed Scaled Composite's SpaceshipTwo successfully completed its first captive flight attached to the twin-hulled WhiteKnight, reaching an altitude of 45,000ft over the Mojave. » 3/22/10 5:15pm 3/22/10 5:15pm

Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo: First Photos

Set to be officially unveiled tonight, here's the first images of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo attached to its mothership Eve. One more shot without Richard Branson below. » 12/07/09 2:00pm 12/07/09 2:00pm